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Racing against creeping shadows and darkness, you can crank up the ASA and dial down the shutter speed to get ghostly images of firefighting at night. Gorman, Calif., May 15, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

It's the beginning of May and the smoke from a raging wildfire darkens the afternoon sky over the coastline of northern Los Angeles County. Fires once broke out a handful of times a year --- and mainly in the late fall. Now, if it's hot and/or windy, regardless of the time of year, news photographers are braced to cover wildfire. Point Mugu, Calif., May 2, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

I captured this image as a wildfire burned in the Santa Monica Mountains above Pacific Coast Highway. It's as if the firefighters are sittiing beside a campfire, even as the blaze burns unchecked across hundreds of acres of wildlands. Point Dume, Calif., May 2, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

When a fire passes through, consuming everything in its path, it leaves a moonscape scoured completely of living things, and dramatically alters the landscape. Hidden Valley, Calif., May 3, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Wildfire smoke hangs hot, thick and unhealthful, even as it helps produce pictures that convey the feeling of the inferno. Frazier Park, Calif., May 15, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Smoke and particulate matter from a wildfire in Camarillo deepen the reddish tones of the late afternoon. Funny to think that so much air pollution can actually look so good. Hidden Valley, Calif., May 3, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A wildfire burning over thousands of acres releases a tremendous amount of smoke, which can sometimes frame or completely blot out the sun. It's mesmerizing to see the destructive force of uncontrolled flames. Frazier Park, Calif., May 15, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

As the sun sets and dusk settles, smoldering embers from a wildfire pierce the darkness like red hot lumps of charcoal, dotting the hiilsides and providing a dramatic view of how much earth has been swept by flames. Gorman, Calif., May 15, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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A photographer may take dozens of shots for an assignment, which are usually edited down to just a few images for use in the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don’t make the cut. “Outtakes” presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion.

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